Advent Service of Lamentation

Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.

Come as you are to a service of lamentation where through prayer, quiet, and chant we will make our grief an offering to God, entrusting it to that divine love always at work in us and the world. The service will be followed by an opportunity to walk the labyrinth.

Officiant: The Rev. Patricia Moore
Musicians: Jean Farmer, Robin O’Brien
Labyrinth guide: Diane Schoenrock

There is so much to grieve—and often there seems to be no place for our grief in this season of preparation for Christmas. and its anticipated joy. And to be honest, some of us try to avoid our grief for fear that it will be too painful to bear. There are our personal losses: loved ones who have died, or moved away, losses and disruptions caused by fires, dreams unfulfilled, jobs lost, divorce or separation, the ache of family relationships, the list is long. And, then encircling those griefs, there is the pain of the earth, and there are the seemingly intractable divisions within our nation, and perhaps a sense that who we thought we were is not who we really are.

In truth, avoiding grief or closing it down, only leaves us numb, overwhelmed and apathetic. The path toward new life leads through grief—and our willingness to go there. Grief is a spiritual practice honored in our tradition. When we dare to embrace our grief, we find that underneath it is our love—our love for others, for life, and for the world itself.